ITS Australia announces technical tours for ITS World Congress in Melbourne


As part of the 23rd Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress being held on October 10-14, 2016, ITS Australia will be hosting technical tours designed to showcase the innovative features of Australia’s transport systems, particularly those of the host city of Melbourne.

To be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the city will host the ITS World Congress for the first time, with the event’s theme, ‘ITS – Enhancing Liveable Cities and Communities’, considered to be especially apt, as Melbourne was again named the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ last year.

A selection of Melbourne’s most innovative transport organizations will guide attendees through technical tours to experience the city’s advanced transport system from within. As well as the host city, ITS Australia has also arranged technical tours in Sydney, Brisbane, and Auckland (New Zealand), where participants will be given a unique insight into the intricate details of systems that support the region’s cities. Focused on supporting the delivery of safer transport operations, and supporting environmentally sustainable transport across public and private models, ITS Australia invites delegates from around the world to see Melbourne’s networks for themselves. These will also be detailed by keynote speakers and presentations during the Congress.

“Melbourne is the perfect destination to demonstrate the Congress’s theme,” said ITS Australia’s CEO, Susan Harris. “We all know the importance of transport in assisting the ease of living, and it’s no coincidence that Melbourne has been named the World’s Most Liveable City for the fifth year in a row [in 2015]. The technical tours provide a rare opportunity for international ITS Congress attendees to obtain a valuable insight into Melbourne’s transport system, one which they will not see anywhere else.”

Delegates will have the opportunity to take technical tours to:

• CityLink – Go behind-the-scenes at one of the world’s first fully electronic toll roads (conducted by Transurban);

• EastLink – Melbourne’s newest and safest fully electronic tollway tour of Operations, Traffic Control and Maintenance Facilities (conducted by ConnectEast);

• Managed Motorway Operation – the largest managed motorway network in Australia (conducted by VicRoads);

• SmartWork Zones and the construction of Managed Motorways (conducted by VicRoads);

• SmartRoads to achieve improved network performance (conducted by VicRoads);

• VicRoads Traffic Management Center (conducted by VicRoads);

• Auckland’s Transport Management Systems, Devonport Ferry, Public Transport Control and Integrated Ticketing System (conducted by ITS New Zealand, in conjunction with New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport);

• Tour Victoria’s Public Transport Control Centers, Yarra Trams and Metro Trains (conducted by Public Transport Victoria);

• Port of Melbourne – the largest container port in the Southern Hemisphere and driver of urban economic growth tour of Operations Facilities (conducted by the Port of Melbourne Corporation);

• Melbourne Port System Tour – enhancing future freight productivity with ContainerChain (conducted by the Port of Melbourne Corporation);

• Port of Melbourne – Operations Control Center and Hydrographic Survey Boat (conducted by the Port of Melbourne Corporation);

• Melbourne Airport – Managing Traffic, providing an overview of recent infrastructure developments and using ITS solutions to improve the traffic flow (conducted by Melbourne Airport);

• Aerospace, Automotive and Manufacturing Laboratory Showcase at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (run by the RMIT University);

• Factory of the Future, Smart Structures and Research-Led Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology (run by Swinburne’s Hawthorn Campus).

For more information on the Congress or to reserve a place for a technical tour click here. 

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